Sins of the Saints

Read Hebrews 2:3-9

This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. Hebrews 2:3

We have the idea that believers today "under grace" can escape the chastening hand of God that was so evident "under law." But "unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48 KJV). Not only have we received the Word from the Son of God, but that Word has been confirmed by "signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will" (Heb. 2:4). The phrase "signs and wonders" is found eleven times in the New Testament. Here it refers to the miracles that witnessed to the Word and gave confirmation that it was true. These miracles were performed by the apostles. Today we have the completed Word of God, so there is no need for these apostolic miracles. God now bears witness through His Spirit using the Word. The Spirit also gives spiritual gifts to God's people so that they may minister in the church (1 Cor. 12:1-11).

I have often told the story about the pastor who preached a series of sermons on "the sins of the saints." He was severely reprimanded by one of the members of the church. "After all," said the member, "sin in the lives of Christians is different from sin in the lives of other people."

"Yes," replied the pastor, "it's worse!"

Applying God's Truth:

1. If a stranger were to ask you today, "Why do you believe in God?" what reasons would you give?

2. What are some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you feel have been "distributed" to you? Be specific.

3. Do you agree that sin in the lives of Christians is worse than sin in the lives of other people? Why?

Devotions for Confidence and Integrity ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

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